TV Tokyo has announced it will suspend broadcasts of the popular “Pocket Monsters” cartoon series pending an investigation into last week’s outbreak of convulsions and fainting that afflicted about 700 viewers.

The National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan said it will report on its investigation results as early as February. Broadcasting industry sources expect the suspension of “Pocket Monsters,” popularly known as “Pokemon,” which has been airing on Tuesdays since April, to remain in effect until at least mid-January.

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